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  • Frankenstein & Jane Eyre

    The Frankenstein/ Jane Eyre Experience

    The Year 12 students were treated to a three hour lecture by Dr. Andy McInnes ranging from: English at university; The Gothic and Frankenstein and the Female Protagonist in Jane Eyre. The sessions were extremely enjoyable: the pupils gained a lot of knowledge about English Literature at a higher level. There were a lot of enthusiastic English students after the sessions and we are very grateful for Andy coming into school, this will be his second year running coming into St. Marys!

  • Year 13 Leavers' Ball

    Leavers Ball
    Year 13 Leavers' Ball Friday 7th July

    The Year 13 students were joined by staff and governors to celebrate their time in the sixth form at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. The evening started with a drinks reception followed by a lovely meal in the Trafford Suite. Rachel Ball and Adam Francis spoke, summarising their feelings about leaving; a mixture of relief and excitement. They also gave a number of awards and presents.

  • HCPT Lourdes

    HCPT Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017

    During the second week of the Easter Holidays, a group of sixth form pupils gave up their time to volunteer during the HCPT Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

    HCPT is a charity which takes disabled and disadvantaged children to Lourdes for a week of fun, prayer, singing and dancing and respite .It is one of the most travelled pilgrimages in the world, with groups from across England, the USA, Europe and the West Indies joining the fun.

  • Yr 13 Celebration

    Year 13 Celebration Service

    The Celebration Service for our Year 13 students who are leaving this year was held in St. Ambrose Barlow church on Friday 26th May. Father Paul led the service which looked back over the years the students have been at St. Mary’s both in the sixth form and, for many students, the high school before that.

  • Caitlin's Day

    Balloon Release - Stars in their Eyes

    On Friday 5th May 2017, Staff and Students at St. Mary’s Catholic High School came together as a community to celebrate the life of our student and friend Caitlin.

    This day was known as
    ‘Caitlin’s Day’

    Caitlin tragically passed away on Wednesday 26th April after a short but brave and determined battle against cancer.

  • Big Bang Fair

    The Big Bang Fair
    Big Bang Fair 2017

    35 students attended the brilliant Big Bang Fair 2017. With over 150 stands with careers advice, engaging activities in many fields of science and engineering, students got hands on with employers and universities to promote jobs and degrees they might like to pursue. GSK and Red Nose Day gave us an insight into malaria, Sellafield intrigued students with activities about nuclear power, students saw shows by the Gastronaught, and we learnt survival skills at our final workshop plus much more.

  • Creative Writing

    Creative Writing
    Y10 AS Creative Writing

    The Year 10 AS Creative Writing group were fortunate enough to be taught by one of the school's gifted A Level students: Grace Corey. The group are working towards an AS Creative Writing qualification and have to write their own original pieces. Grace came into one of the sessions to inspire creativity and flair in the pupils' writing. Grace used one of her own examples with the students and they now have to craft their own piece loosely based on ideas generated by Grace.

  • Science Ambassadors

    Science Ambassadors
    Student Science Ambassadors

    11 students were successful with their applications to lead in science with activities to give back to their community. These students have shown a commitment to science and will support with the Super Science Fair this week and lead on projects with our linked primary schools.

    Well done from Miss Boardman.

  • Graphene Lecture

    Graphene Lecture

    HAP students visited the beautiful Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester with Miss Boardman to experience a lecture on graphene by the team who won the Noble Physics Prize for the creation of graphene. Students were immersed in the chemistry and revolutionary applications of this amazing new material.

  • Lego Challenge

    Lego Challenge
    STEM Club - Lego Challenge

    On Monday 6th March St Mary's STEM Club took part in the Tomorrows Engineers - Lego Robotics Challenge. The pupils, who attend STEM Club on Monday nights had to complete a series of challenges on the day to compete in the competition. The challenges included programming Lego robots to compete various tasks in a 'space' environment. Students had to take part in group presentations where the students discussed what robots may be like in the future.

  • Speaking Competition

    Catenian Speaking
    Catenian Speaking Competition

    Grace Corey and James Hall recently competed in the prestigious Catenian Speaking Competition in Manchester. Both candidates have been preparing for months prior to the competition ensuring that their speeches were fluid and fully informed. Their topics of discussion were: five minutes of fame and only believers can get into heaven. They competed against pupils from across the North West from varying sixth form colleges. Both candiates made myself and the sixth form incredibly proud!

  • Paired Reading

    Paired Reading
    Paired Reading Scheme

    A group of Year 12 students from our sixth form completed a Paired Reading Scheme with students at St. Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School today. The students had undertaken training with teaching staff at the local primary school and then completed an 8 week programme with individual students in between their lessons in sixth form.

  • New York

    New York
    @Marys2Manhattan 2017

    After months of planning and saving, the time had finally arrived to depart Manchester and make our way to New York. On arrival we were taken to our hotel with the help of our local tour guide, Senta. Following a speedy check-in we took a short stroll to Times Square which blew off the cobwebs from the transatlantic flight. It was then back to the hotel for an early night in preparation for Saturday.

  • Malaga Trip

    A Level Malaga Trip

    Over the February half term Miss de Boer and Mr Lloyd took 6 A Level Languages students to the sunny Spanish region of Andalucía for a 5 day educational visit to immerse ourselves in the language and typical Andaluz culture!  After arriving at Málaga airport and settling into our hotel, we toured the city and sampled some typical Andalucían food in the Spanish sun.  

  • Dayne Weston

    Dayne Weston
    Dayne Weston attends McAuley House Assembly

    On Wednesday we had Dayne Weston from Leigh Centurions join the McAuley House assembly. He came into St Mary's to speak about a charity that is dear to his heart called 'Ben's Wish'. The charity is raising funds for a local 10 year old boy called Ben Robinson from Leigh who has cerebral palsy and has recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia.

  • Annie


    School Production 2017

    When I found out that I was Annie I was so happy and shocked on how well I did and at first I didn’t think it was true. I didn’t believe it, but when I walked up to the cast sheet tears of happiness streamed down my face. I got the part! Ever since I was little I loved the role of Annie, she was sweet and clever and special.  I loved Annie and have seen it everywhere; on stage, TV, film and everything else!  If it wasn’t for my friends (especially Sophie) I wouldn’t have been as confident and certainly wouldn’t be doing Drama today.

  • UCAS Evening

    UCAS Evening
    Getting a step ahead.

    Great to see so many of our aspiring Yr.11 students and parents attending our UCAS (university application) evening. At St Mary's Sixth Form College we pride ourselves on the support provided to all our university (and apprenticeship) applicants leading to highly successful transition from our college. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Careers Convention

    Careers Convention
    Careers Convention

    On Thursday 9th February we held our 27th annual Careers Convention.  The Careers Convention was a great success; this year students from Year 8 to Year 13 attended, with over 110 exhibitors present on the evening.  At a time when there are over 573,000 young people aged 16 – 24 in the country unemployed, the purpose of the Convention was to give our pupils the opportunity to obtain the very best careers advice from experts in a variety of different fields of employment, training and Further/Higher Education. 

  • Taster Session

    taster session
    Health and Social Taster Session

    Lots of students attended the lunchtime options taster sessions to learn more about Child Development and Health and Social Care.  The students met baby Leo and baby Isabella.  They tried on the pregnancy bump and took part in an activity about healthy eating.  Year 12 students led the activities.  Thanks to Olivia Bowring, Leah Keenan and Emma Pickup for their help.  We hope the options session gave you valid information to make your choice.  Good luck.

  • Harry Potter

    Harry Potter
    Harry Potter Quiz Night

    At 3pm on Thursday the Student Support Centre was magically turned into Hogwarts. More than 30 students from all year groups, dressed in their finest Harry Potter themed clothes arrived for the Harry Potter Book Night Quiz. They were greeted by Madam Pince, the school librarian of Hogwarts, and sorted into their houses by Professor McGonagall, with the help of the sorting hat.

  • Salford Museum

    Salford Museum
    Salford Museum and Art Gallery

    Year 12 Btec Health and Social Care students visited Salford Museum to look at the street related to health in the past.  There were also displays and quizzes about Dementia and Down Syndrome to help learning.

  • Aromatherapy

    Aromatherapy Masterclass

    Year 12 students thoroughly enjoyed the Aromatherapy Masterclass, learning about the benefits of oils and relaxation.  They all made bath fizzies and CA8 now smells fabulous.  Thanks to Jo from Scented Events for leading the session.

  • Holocaust

    Holocaust remembered

    Two sixth form students from St Mary's were chosen to take part in the Holocaust Educational Trust's lessons from Auschwitz programme. Chloe Allen and Izabella Cebula participated in seminars at Manchester University and visited the notorious concentration camp of Auschwitz Birkenau. They have used their experience and their learning to lead the commemorations of Holocaust remembrance at school.

  • Paralympic Visit

    Paralympic Bronze Medallist Small wows pupils as he prepares for World upgrade

    Paralympian Andrew Small last week provided lucky students at St Mary’s with a unique insight into his career, encouraging them to join him and the rest of his British teammates on their journey to the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017.

    Small made his Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games last summer, claiming bronze in the T33 100m, and took time out from his bid to make this summer’s World Para Athletics Championships to stop by St Mary’s and treat them for their enthusiasm for athletics.

  • Random Acts

    Random Acts of Christmas
    Random Acts of Christmas

    Our pupils at St Mary’s have worked hard throughout December to make a difference to people’s Christmas in the local community. The school collectively collected dried and tinned goods for the Atherton and Leigh Food Bank, which goes to those in need this Christmas. Pupils made hampers for the SVP group at St Joseph’s at Leigh which have been distributed to families and pensioners to spread a little joy this Christmas time.

  • Health & Social Care

    Xmas Party Placement
    Christmas Party Day at Placement

    Well Done to all BTEC Health and Social Care Year 13 Students who have completed placements in the local care homes, primary schools, CAB office and nurseries in the community.  They have all gained valuable experience and enjoyed the opportunity to see the world of work.  Abs here especially enjoyed meeting Father Christmas!

  • Christmas Concert

    Christmas Concert 2016
    St Mary’s Christmas Concert 2016

    After months of hard work and preparation by staff and students alike, the Christmas Concert was as brilliant as ever. With performances from students of all year groups performing a wide range of music, variety was certainly one of the most impressive parts of the show. From Green Day to Michael Bublé, Vaughan Williams to the Arctic Monkeys, the performances were each unique and amazing in their own way. St Mary’s is a fantastically talented school when it comes to music, and this shone through more than ever in the Christmas Concert.

  • Open Day

    Open Day 2016
    Open Day

    What a great day we had!  The school was a hive of activity on Saturday 24th September when Year 5 and Year 6 students and their parents came to see what St. Mary’s has to offer.  The science show wowed our visitors and the Spanish tapas was a delicious hit.  Every department in school had planned activities to entertain and give a flavour of what life is like at St. Mary’s. 

  • A Level Results

    A Level Exam Results
    A Level Results - Summer 2016

    The whole community of St. Mary’s is celebrating its best ever A Level and BTEC results.  The students have once again achieved over a 99.8% A* - E pass rate but with a significant increase in the number of students achieving the highest grades.  In all, an outstanding 53.6% of all grades were at A*/A or their equivalent, an excellent 71.1% were A*-B and an impressive 89% were A*-C or their equivalent.

  • Year 13 Leavers

    Year 13 Leavers'
    Year 13 Leaver's Ball 2016

    Over 120 students were joined by staff and governors at the Bolton Whites Hotel last Friday to celebrate the end of two years in the sixth form at St. Mary’s. As usual, the students looked fantastic and luckily the rain stopped long enough for them to get on coaches at college. The three course meal was followed by a number speeches. Mr Robinson thanked the students for their hard work and the staff for supporting them.

  • English Guest Speaker

    English Guest Speaker
    No monsters here, guest Speaker from Edge Hill University inspires sixth form students with Frankenstein.

    On Friday June 17th the sixth form at St Mary’s were fortunate enough to welcome Andy McInnes to our college. Andy is a lecturer in English Literature at Edge Hill University. He was invited by Miss Robinson of the English department to talk with our English students about the gothic genre and where Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein fits into the genre.

  • Y13 Celebration

    Year 13 Celebration Service
    Year 13 Celebration Service

    The Celebration Service for our Year 13 students who are leaving this year was held in St. Ambrose Barlow church on Friday 27th May. Father Paul led the service which looked back over the years the students have been at St. Mary’s both in the sixth form and, for many students, the high school before that.

  • Science Week

    Science Week
    Science Week

    Great turn out from students in year seven to sixth formers helping out and getting involved in our science fair. Students presented and manned lots of different projects sharing their expertise. Sixth formers dissected a heart and showed younger students the different chambers and functions.

  • HCPT Lourdes

    HCPT Lourdes
    HCPT Lourdes Pilgrimage 2015

    During the second week of the Easter Holidays, a group of sixth form pupils gave up their time to volunteer during the HCPT Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

    HCPT is a charity which takes disabled and disadvantaged children to Lourdes for a week of fun, prayer, singing and dancing and respite .It is one of the most travelled pilgrimages in the world, with groups from across England, the USA, Europe and the West Indies joining the fun.


Assistant Headteacher - Director for Key Stage 5
Assistant Director for Key Stage 5
Pastoral Support
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Mrs J Knight